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Six Rohingya refugees killed in floods hitting camps in Bangladesh

Almost six Rohingya refugees have been killed in floods hitting the camps in Bangladesh.

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Almost six Rohingya refugees have been killed in floods hitting the camps in Bangladesh.

Many of them were killed by landslides and drowned after the rain took over the area. Knee-deep waters coursed through the camps, battering fragile shelters made of bamboo and tarpaulin and making at least 5,000 people homeless, according to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR).

As per the initial reports, three children were killed by the deadly flood. UNHCR has announced to provide relief funds to families going through a crisis. Moreover, almost 3000 Rohingya volunteers also jumped in to help the victims. 

The flooding has affected large parts of the Kutupalong refugee camp, which has existed since the early 1990s but was expanded on uneven, landslide-prone terrain in 2017 when it became the world’s largest refugee camp for the 700,000 Rohingya escaping military massacres in Myanmar, called “genocidal” by the UN.

Bangladesh has always been subject to seasonal rain and cyclones due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal. The shelters homes and refugees living in the nearby caps have always bear the brunt of the situation. 

The Norwegian Refugee Council said 300 landslides had been documented, leaving roads submerged and bridges damaged, and 14,000 refugees living in waterlogged shelters, but that number was likely to increase.

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